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Make Believe Or Real (w/michael2) - MJ SpaceRace '09


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Here's my entry for the Space Race Challenge. Kind of a Beatles meets Marcy Playground meets Weezer meets Flaming Lips kinda thing. I asked Michael if he'd add a solo to the end and boy did he deliver (starts at 3:12). It has the perfect sound and the exact amount of spaciness and quirkiness I was hoping for. He also gave me a great idea to layer a ton of vocals over the outro, which I did and I think it turned out really cool. Thanks again Michael.
As for Yoda, he really doesn't serve any purpose in the song. What he says has nothing to do with the subject. It's just when I was listening to the mixes back I kept being reminded of him so i threw him in there for giggles.
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Lyrics
in my bedroom
underneath my bed
there's a spiral staircase
that leads down to my basement

so go down with me
we could get so high
climb on top of my rocket
so we can blast off to the sky (5,4,3,2,1!)

I don't know if this is make believe or real
all that I can tell you is exactly how i feel

you see that star hanging there?
reach out and grab it down
put it on your red head
so you can wear it for a crown

I found a constellation
where all the stars can sing
you will be my queen here
and I will be your mighty king

I don't know if this is make believe or real
all that I can tell you is exactly how it feels

here comes the sun! it's getting closer to us now
our stars are singing of their fear of falling down
so grab my hand and come with me we'll be okay
we need to go but we'll come back another day, hey hey hey
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Hits: 2995
Comments: 47
Fans: 28
Plays: 262
Downloads: 103
Votes: 3
Uploaded: Oct 07, 2009 - 12:10:30 PM
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2009 - 12:21:16 PM Last Played: Apr 21, 2017 - 03:20:02 PM
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Comments
bud said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Hot stuff
Great track - love the triangle and the quirky guitars in the beginning. Good call recruiting Michael too.
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rsorensen said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
thanks kevin
i think this is the kind of music i enjoy making the most, especially with cats like michael pitching in.
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Reinholt56 said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Hi Guys.....
Great work and very topical.

Loved everything about the piece.

Take care.

Paul
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rsorensen said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
thanks paul
appreciate the comments and the listen
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dave_b said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Make Believe Or Real
Great vocals loved the harmonies. Treat, acoustic guitar at the end was, and tasty, the electric riffs were. Hmmmmmm. This song a lot I like. Yeesssssss.
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rsorensen said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
thanks dave
glad you liked, I am oohehehehe
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woofer3 said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
great - a proper song
well written and played and produced, vocals are great and clear and understandable.
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rsorensen said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
woofer
thanks for the feedback!
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Feter said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Make Believe Or Real
Incredible work my friend ..I cant beleive
how tight you work is ..very much sync and
arrangened ..perfect vocals work ...the licks
in the answers where all in time and at the core ...Michael ..well what can I say ?? ..
man you chose the right guy to let this all
turn into a gem ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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rsorensen said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
thanks feter
always love reading your comments. i definitely agree with what you say about choosing the right guy to polish this one off.
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mr.turtle said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
I would call this Indie
But what the hell do I know?????? Does remind me
of M2. This is a dynamite tune. Perhaps the best thing you've done, and thats saying a lot. Good one.
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rsorensen said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
thanks!
yeah i was really close to calling it indie, actually. i just figured I have enough songs in that genre now haha
i appreciate your comments. initially i think the song reminded me of michael as well, which is why i requested his spacey expertise!
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Lennon714 said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Bad ass this song is
Yoda is always a perfect fit for any song. Nice little story and killer production, per usual. You and Michael2 compliment each other so well. The bit around 4:10 sounds very "Undone - The Sweater Song".
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rsorensen said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
thanks eric
haha yeah i plucked the strings near the bridge to get that sound at the end of undone. an intentional homage if you will. the song itself reminds me of some twisted hybrid of undone and el scorcho, with the guy from the flaming lips on lead guitar. glad you dig!
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crissew said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Very hip
sounding track. Retro but new at the same time. Love the Grover clips, rofl. Very well done vocals. Excellent mix, and nice space in the song HAHAHA. Anyway, enjoyed it!
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crissew said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
BTW
I can definitely hear Michael2's influence in this song. You 2 sound great in this collab
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
thanks man
retro/new sounds good to me. thanks for the listen
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Moviz said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Excellent
production and performance here. Love the lyrics, harmonies, the playing and the originality of the arrangement, great stuff with a kind of up to date retro sound if you know what I mean, cheers M
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
thanks M
glad you like it.
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sloparts said 2760 days ago (October 7th, 2009)
Wow
This is just so very very good. You two got it all right on the money, front to back. Most Excellent mi amigos.

I love this, best of challenge for me, at least so far.

Ed
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
thank you
michael really finished this one off for me. i'm happy you enjoyed it
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billykirsch said 2759 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Rotten guitars...
I love that fried guitar in the chorus while singing those beatles armonies.
The lead guitar always surprising, no matter whether the pilot or the co-pilot is in command.
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
thanks
yeah we seem to work pretty well together. whenever michael sends me his parts I think to myself 'man that is perfect. exactly what i wanted but couldn't pull off myself'
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lengold said 2759 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
You just get
better and better - superb. Great work from Michael too.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers.
Len

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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
thanks len
enjoy the download. your latest is killer man
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michael2 said 2759 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Ridd
this sounds great. love the crazy tones you got on this one. what did you use for the guitars? really great tune (as always) played and sang well (as always), and produced perfectly (as always). thanks for having me along on the ride. remind me to tell you my Marcy Playground story sometime.
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
guitars
i think i used the 'facial fuzz' patch on my PODXT, but most of the tone is 2 tracks of the firebird. stoked you pitched in on this and that you had fun. i gotta hear that story! send me a note.
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daibhre said 2759 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Terrific ride, man.
Nice soundbites woven in there - really like the arrangement and unexpected changes. Fav'd and Downloaded!
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
hey
thanks a lot! and thanks for downloading
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lavalamp said 2759 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
51 seconds?
Maybe something's wrong. But, this excellent tune gets cut at 0:51.

Downloaded, hear it complete. Excellent in every way. Right up my alley.

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Dave
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
player
i think it's been on the fritz all week. happy you downloaded and enjoyed though. thanks dave
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magnatone said 2759 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Make Believe
OMG - this is just so good, i would never shut up if i started listing everything i love about it. Great work guys - thanks!
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
hey
i got time! thanks karen ;)
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Vic Holman said 2758 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
we want to believe
excellent tune. all in top form.

some cool effecting coming down, a nice bonus! lots of good ideas throughout!
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
thanks vic
tried to fit a lot of different stuff into this one but at the same time keeping the mix fairly open.
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Doug Somers said 2758 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Do or do not - there is no try
Weirdly cool with a west coast influence. Hot production here too guys. Great tune!

Cheers,
Doug
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
weirdly cool
i like that :)
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particledots said 2758 days ago (October 8th, 2009)
Fabulous
Wonderful sounds you have created here
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rsorensen said 2758 days ago (October 9th, 2009)
thanks man
glad you think so. you're like the king of wonderful sounds!
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TERRAPLANE said 2757 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Very Cool
Weezer guitars,, beatles harmonies,,with the Flaming Lips edge,, all that & more.. well done,,, thanks for the DL..,,, T
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rsorensen said 2754 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
thanks
yeah it's like a huge jam session with all those bands but with a mediocre singer ;) Glad you like it
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tonestones said 2757 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Yoda fits in nicely
He really helps define a mood. Very cool song. This is really well constructed and produced. The guitar work is beautifully done.
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rsorensen said 2754 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
thanks
yeah i wasnt sure about yoda cuz what he says has nothing to do with the song. but you're exactly right - it's about defining the mood. Thanks for listening
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Skean said 2757 days ago (October 10th, 2009)
Yep
You guys always do great stuff when ya join.
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rsorensen said 2754 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
thanks
michael definitely has a way of taking my stuff to a next level I couldn't get to on my own.
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ic42 said 2755 days ago (October 12th, 2009)
that ridd catchy sound
i am a sucker for romantic space songs that suggest "reducing the space between me and you". :-) raw metaphors. i see stars. thank you.
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rsorensen said 2754 days ago (October 13th, 2009)
thanks
and you're welcome
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